Ellen D. Wu: Until Americans break away from the xenophobic notion that the “foreign” is always suspect and menacing, a proposal to “kill everyone in China” — even when tossed out flippantly by a child on a late night talk show — is no joke.
Rankism, a term coined by physicist, educator, and citizen diplomat Robert W. Fuller, is used to describe "abusive, discriminatory, or exploitative behavior towards people because of their rank in a particular hierarchy". According to Fuller rank-based abuse underlies many other phenomena such as bullying, racism, sexism, and homophobia.
Jessica Durrum: To make sure that their rights are respected, TTSI drivers require more than just employee status. They need to be able to organize a union, free of employer resistance.
David Love: The wide racial disparity between Twitter executives and Twitter users suggests the corporate leadership is unable to relate to a large segment of its own customers, putting the company itself at a strategic disadvantage.
Rev. Irene Monroe: the UMC is not in lockstep with the changing societal tide toward LGBTQ acceptance; it is also not in lockstep with its own more progressive arm of “reconciling and inclusive” congregations.
Maureen O’Hagan: Maybe. But the idea of using government power to “seize” mortgages in “underwater” neighborhoods wasn’t getting anywhere until the 99 percent got involved.
Mark Vorpahl: Reforms such as the minimum wage benefit workers by forcing businesses to pay them more, but the political system behind such laws is not a neutral arbitrator
Jamie Way: Walmart has set its sights on expanding in urban areas like Los Angeles, but community opposition to its treatment of workers, effect on local business and negative environmental impact has been great.
Randy Shaw: As many despair over U.S. politics moving backward on poverty and inequality, the marriage equality movement’s remarkable success deserves greater attention.
Rosemary Jenkins: I always love it when people quote the Bible to me about how sinful such behavior is. It is obvious to me that such people have probably never read the Holy Scriptures nor understood them if they did.
Steve Mikulan: This Thursday the community coalition that opposed Walmart’s original entry into the historic neighborhood will be demonstrating against the mega-chain’s continued abuse of its low-paid employees.
Jim Hightower: In December 2007, when Wall Street’s reckless greed crashed our economy, the unemployment rate was only about 5%, the average length of being unemployed was half of today’s, and far fewer people were forced into part-time work or had to find multiple jobs to make ends meet. Plus, family income was much higher back then.
Rev. Irene Monroe: While many religious conservatives might argue that the legalization of same-gender marriage and shows like HBO’s “Big Love,” we have to ask ourselves is monogamy a natural instinct in us or is it a social construct which was obviously devised to protect and to regulate the institution of heterosexual marriage?
Dan Bluemel: Food lines being under attack is nothing new in LA. Three years ago, a similar campaign, led by business interests and residents in the Skid Row area downtown, managed to shut one food line down and threaten several others.